The Names Test | Final Test - Hard

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This test consists of 5 short answer questions, 10 short essay questions, and 1 (of 3) essay topics.

Short Answer Questions

1. Which of the following is not a character that James Axton meets in person?

2. At the beginning of Chapter 13, how does James decide his son's life in British Columbia must be?

3. What does James think of in Chapter 11 as he deals with the passed out Hardeman?

4. In Chapter 11, the Keller's, Hardeman and James decide what is the defining characteristic that determines how history books portray rebelling individuals?

5. What does James do in Chapter 8 to forget about the cult one sleepless night?

Short Essay Questions

1. What unsettling information does Ann Maitland tell James in Chapter 10?

2. What unfortunate occurrence happens to David Keller in Chapter 13?

3. How did Del Nearing and Frank Volterra meet?

4. What does Singh say about the desert in Chapter 12?

5. How does James follow up on his Mani discovery later in Chapter 8?

6. According to Rowser in Chapter 11, what changes are happening in the Northeast Group.

7. What offer does David Keller make James in Chapter 8, and how does James respond?

8. What does James Axton learn in Bombay early in Chapter 11?

9. In Chapter 8, what does James see in Mani that shakes him up?

10. What information does Andahl give about the cult in Chapter 9?

Essay Topics

Write an essay for ONE of the following topics:

Essay Topic 1

In the latter half of The Names, James Axton develops several female entanglements that serve as temporary place-fillers for his lost family. Write an essay about these three: Janet Ruffing, Del Nearing, and Ann Maitland. How does Ruffing fulfill his sexual needs as a man? How does Nearing fulfill his paternal needs after the essential loss of Tap? Discuss, lastly, how Ann Maitland provides the most complete relationship for him. What are the defining attributes of this relationship? How does their final moment in the novel resonate as particularly significant?

Essay Topic 2

The place of America in the international community is a recurring motif in the narrative. How are all of the main characters - James Axton, Kathryn Axton, and Owen Brademas - at the back and call of this place? What new dangers are emerging from the ether in regards to Americans abroad? How is James Axton an operative of America in the hostile international world? How does Eliades represent the opposite, a spokesman and operative for a disgruntled world?

Essay Topic 3

In The Names, Don DeLillo has created a central mystery - the mystery of the cult - in which clues and revelations are annoyingly amorphous and cannot necessarily be trusted. Write an essay about the subjectivity of truth in the novel, focusing on three pieces of information that James Axton gleans in his investigation. Where does this information come from? What is James's attitude towards it? Does he think that it is ultimately trustworthy?

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